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Street Update #126

May 4, 2016
Gordana Sretenović. Teaching English and writing for a living. Obsessed with Jack Kerouac and Allen Ginsberg. Desires to travel the world and not have a permanent address. Occasionally writes poetry.

The past week has left us with strong impressions of an ongoing campaign of Wolfgang Tillman against the infamous Brexit referendum, Francois Pinault, the owner of the largest private collection of contemporary art has placed his prized possessions in a new museum in Paris, the collecting power couple Liu Yiqian and Wang Wei are opening their third museum in China. The Panama Papers have caused trouble for Geneva Freeport after the revelation of the stolen Amadeo Modigliani’s painting, the new San Francisco Museum of Modern Art has announced its opening day. We have taken a look on the most popular contemporary artists, art galleries, and most liked Instagram art moments for the previous month. The past week has been a busy one for us, and in the spirit of sharing and promoting hardworking individuals who try to offer their creative outputs to the world, we are presenting the new edition of our Street Update, featuring murals created in the week behind us. These artists are proving themselves worthy of attention each day, and these murals are definitely a step further in their careers as masters of street art.

Did you have a busy week as well? Share your thoughts and see more exciting news from the art world on our Facebook page, and scroll down for the top five murals of the last week of April.

Uno for CVTÀ Street Fest

Uno is a Russian-born, Rome-based street artist who became enchanted by Situationst International and the technique of détournement. He is deeply intrigued by the notions of street art, especially by the use of collage, decoupage, and posters – basically anything that has to do with paper and the manipulation of paper. For the CVTÀ Street Fest held in the village of Civitacampomarano in Italy, Uno has completed an amazing large-scale mural, which employs his distinctive love of stripes, stars, polka dots and paisley-esque graphics. The mural can be found on the side of the building in the Italian village, beautifying the already breathtaking landscape only Italy can offer.

Alice Pasquini for CVTÀ Street Fest

Alice Pasquini’s mural holds a special significance, as the village of Civitacampomarano is the birthplace of her grandfather. This is why she created the piece painted on old doors which serves as a reminder of times past and things that are no longer there. In addition to this, she also served as an art director for the festival. The heartwarming mural depicts two women, one young and one old whose arms are intertwined and who are touching each other’s fingers while staring in the distance. Truly a work of art that comes with a grain of salt, as it makes the viewers want to hug their grandmas and make sure they do not end up in a village that is half abandoned, with only about 400 inhabitants, such as Civitacampomarano.

Pejac - Rotation, 2016

The Spanish artist Pejac has made his impact on the Middle East. The mural titled Rotation is a tribute to the country of Jordan, a place with long history and well-known hospitality towards refugees. Nowadays, over 1.6 million Syrian, and over 2 million Palestine refugees have found their salvation in this country. Additionally, this mural serves as a tribute to the children, who are the future of our generation and who will eventually inherit our problems and fix our broken relationships. It was painted in the bohemian neighborhood of Jabal Al-Weibdeh in Amman, the capital of Jordan, right next to the playground and near the King Abdullah I Mosque.

Pejac - Mother’s Artists, 2016

Another Pejac piece on this list is the Mother’s Artists, an artwork painted in the refugee camp of Al-Azraq in Jordan. Al-Azraq is currently home to over 39,000 Syrians, with over 200 more arriving each day. Over one half of this number are children, and one third of them have only one parent, a mother, with them. Knowing this, it is no wonder that this smaller-scale mural is named Mother’s Artists, as a tribute to all the single mothers trying to make a better life for their children. The silhouette of a mother and her child can be compared to the painting by Sorolla, the Spanish post-impressionist, called Playa de Valencia a la luz de la Mañana, or translated into English, Valencia Beach in the morning light.

Pablo S. Herrero for CVTÀ Street Fest

Continuing with the CVTÀ Street Fest, the mural by Pablo S. Herrero is definitely a head-turner for all the lovers of nature and eerie looking winter treetops. The Spanish artist loves to depict tree branches and forests as a way of showing the relationship between the static and the dynamic, as well as the community and the individual. Trees and branches of the artist can usually be found in rural areas, as he feels that this type of environment best suits his artistic sensibility. This mural was painted with the use of Chinese ink and Sumi-e painting technique, and it is a personal favorite of the author of this edition of Street Update.